Richard Pilch

Director, Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Program (CBWNP)

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Monterey, CA


A physician by training, Dr. Richard Pilch has focused on national security issues since 9/11 and the “anthrax letter” attacks of 2001. In 2002, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, after which he spent nearly a decade overseas assessing and addressing biological warfare (BW), bioterrorism, and public health emergencies of international concern, including threats posed by the former Soviet Union’s (FSU) legacy offensive BW program. He has performed onsite assessments of every known civilian BW facility in Russia, delivered thousands of man-hours of training to former Soviet scientists spanning nonproliferation, bioethics, and global health security, and planned and implemented dozens of cooperative research projects and pandemic response exercises across the FSU. Dr. Pilch has led multiple threat reduction programs on behalf of the US government, served on over thirty technical panels and advisory boards, and authored more than sixty technical publications and White Papers. He co-edited the definitive Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense (Wiley) with his longtime mentor and former CBWNP Director Dr. Ray Zilinskas in 2005.

Areas of Research

  • US-Soviet and US-Russia Nonproliferation Cooperation
  • Dual-Use Implications of Emerging Biotechnologies
  • Building Diplomacy through Enhanced Global Health Security Cooperation


Dr. Pilch received his MD from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


CNS Work

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